This frame, with its pressed botanical art,
sat on a shelf at my grandmother's
for as long as I can remember.
I never thought to ask her who made it;
she or someone else?
It is definitely something I could see her doing.
So I will treasure it for a little longer.
It survived the move from her home to my parents
and came to me from my Mother.
I'm embarrassed to say I came across it
in a plastic tub just this week-end.
I will do better.
Pressed flower craft consists of drying flower petals and leaves in a flower press to flatten and exclude light and moisture. Pressing flowers makes them appear flat, and often there is a change in color, ranging from faded colors to a greater intensity of vibrant colors. It has long been practiced as an art form in Japan, where it is known as Oshibana (押し花), and in China. Outside of Asia, the art gained popularity in England during the Victorian era and has experienced a revival in the last 30 years or so. It is currently used in the United States by some recognized artists including Cellestine Hannemann and Janie Gross, and in Australia.
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